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“Disappointing, could have been so good.”

Riverside Restaurant
Ranked #19 of 30 Restaurants in Betws-y-Coed
Price range: $17 - $31
Cuisines: Bar
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Our restaurant overlooks the River Conwy at the edge of Betws-y-Coed in the Snowdonia National Park, and is open to non-residents for: •Bistro Lunch •Afternoon Teas •Evening Restaurant .Every year since 2006 we have received the coveted AA Rosette award for culinary excellence in addition to the Taste of Wales recognition. Wales offers such an abundance of quality produce we constantly strive to source all of our ingredients locally and insist on daily deliveries to ensure the freshness of each dish we prepare.
Reviewed May 2, 2012

For a change from the Ty Gwen, we decided to try the Bistro here on recommendation from our B&B hosts.
Sadly, we were the only ones in the restaurant, and still didn't capture the full attention of the waiter.
The food was OK but overpriced: we had to remind the waiter that we had ordered wine when our mian course arrived ( after w'ed finished the starter) He said, 'you should have shouted me earlier!'
No atmospher, mediocre food and indifferent service - not again for us!

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Thank David F
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

After not being able to get a table at the excellent Ty Gwyn hotel the other side of the river we decided to try the restaurant at Craig-y-Dderwen. Outside the place there was a menu on the wall which looked fairly decent. At least both of us liked the look of something off it - so we went in.

At the bar inside we were given the "restaurant" menu rather than the one posted outside which was apparently the bar one. On asking it was implied that the bar menu was only available in the bar area which we though meant eating from low tables rather than the tables we could see. (It turned out the bar has it’s own restaurant area).

After ordering we were taken to the main restaurant which is in a large conservatory overlooking the river. (Bonus points for the view). The menu though was really old school and massively overpriced. They charged £7 for a bowl of pretty dull soup and £18 for the main which was nothing special. Want pudding – that’s an extra £7 for a few profiteroles.

To top it off they charged £4.50 for a bottle of beer. We left less than an hour after arriving £35 a head poorer. Do yourself a favour and go somewhere else.

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1  Thank Speleode
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Reviewed September 29, 2011

We walked in from the street below, and were greated at the bar. They were quite friendly, and sreved us a drink while we waited in the bar, looked at the menu, and then ordered our meal. Then we were wisked into the resturant, afetr about 20 min. wait. The appetizer was sent out imediately, tehn 25 to 30 min. wait for the food. The food was quite good, good service, but a little expensive. If you don't mind a little wait for good food, then we would suggest you try it out.

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3  Thank John B
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Reviewed August 20, 2011

Warmly welcomed - did not feel outcast, despite it being the restaurant for the hotel.

Food was great, as was the service.

One down-side could be the price, as they only offer a 2-course (£23.50) or 3-course (£29.50) option, but taking into account the locality of all ingredients and the high service, this could arguably be justified.

It had been raining that afternoon, and as such mist began rising from the forests as we sat down to eat, creating a very serene atmosphere.

All-in-all a great meal out.

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2  Thank notrubnad
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Reviewed August 20, 2011

The service was fantastic, the wine was good and we both enjoyed our meals. My boyfriend had the Lamb which was apparently delicious and very tender (I don't eat meat so unfortunately I could not try it!) and I had a wild mushroom pasta dish, which was tasty though not spectacular. The dessert was amazing though, an individual chocolate tart with honeycomb cream. The restaurant is situated at the back of the hotel, with half of it in a sort of conservatory with lovely views onto the river. I would say it was a little overpriced, at £65 for a 2-course meal for 2 people with a bottle of wine, but only because the pasta was nothing particularly special. However I was happy to pay for the general atmosphere-we felt very looked after.

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1  Thank zoecampy
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